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Diet Foods That Are The WORST For Weight Loss

I came across a lecture on a website recently, which reminded us all of the basic yet fundamentally important fact that: ‘just because it says “diet” or “low-fat” does not mean it is healthy for you.’

A diet expert tells those longing for a slimmer body: ‘Don’t be afraid of carbsquinoa, lentils and barley actually aid in weight loss. High-fat foods are not the enemy either – avocado, fatty fish and coconut oil are actually very good for you.’


So here goes…diet foods the effectively defeat the objective:


  1. FLAVOURED FAT-FREE YOGART: “When companies take out the fat, they add in Image result for tumblr yogurt flavouredsugar. Although they might appear lower in calories, sometimes a single serving of yogurt can contain up to 15 grams of sugar,” a diet expert explains. “Choose plain-Greek yogurt because it is higher in protein and add in your own flavour such as fresh berries or cinnamon.”

2.   STORE PURCHASED SMOOTHIES: “Many store bought smoothies are loaded with high calorie ingredients, preservatives, and artificial sweeteners that bring their “health” factor down,” says Roots. “To be safe make a smoothie at home, it’s very easy and then you know exactly what is going in it!”

 


3.  ‘LIGHT’ SALAD DRESSINGS: According to research- “you need to eat salads with fat-based dressings to get the most out of the vegetables. They also contain very few calories, which may be a good thing for weight loss, but a salad with low-calories will not keep you full for long. Therefore, you will end up snacking or eating more at your next meal.”


4.  FAST FOOD SALADS: According to ABCNews: “the Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch salad at McDonalds contains 13 grams of fat and 270 calories, and with light balsamic vinaigrette dressing it comes to 360 calories and 21 grams of fat”


5.  PROTEIN / MEAL REPLACEMENT BARS: “The general rules are when you flip the bar over and notice the ingredient list takes up almost the entire side (which means it’s loaded with chemicals and fillers), it contains more than 200 calories per serving, and contains more than 8-10 grams of sugar, it is closer to a candy bar and should be avoided,” Roots says.


6.  TRIAL MIX: “Nuts, dried fruit and seeds mixed together seem like a great diet food to snack on, but the truth is that it is extremely difficult to stick to the proper serving size. Many people do not realise how much they are eating and they end up consuming almost a half a day’s worth of calories in one sitting.” Now that’s an achievement if you ask me…perhaps not the right one though. Ah well. Next time!


7.  ORGANIC COOKIES: “Just because something is organic doesn’t mean it is healthy or if a package of cookies only has 100 calories, most likely it is loaded with artificial sweeteners and chemicals, which make them actually worse for you than eating an actual cookie.”


8.  DIET COLA (or ‘soda’ if you are that way inclined): Again, we are reminded of another fundamental fact: “Just because it has the word “diet” in it does not mean its diet-friendly.” The site goes on to elaborate: “Diet soda has been linked to the development of metabolic syndrome and obesity. In a study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Centre, people who drank two or more diet sodas a day had waist sizes that were six times bigger than those who didn’t drink diet soda.


9.  GLUTEN FREE…ANYTHING!: The site expands- “Some gluten-free foods are healthy, but the truth is, there are many foods claiming to be gluten-free that are not diet friendly. Any food that is pre-packaged will never be as good as eating a food in its natural form such as fruits, vegetables, and lean protein,” says Roots. When choosing gluten-free foods make sure you check the nutrition labels for ingredients such as the sugar content, sodium level and calories – “the more ingredients you can’t pronounce, the worse it is for you.


10.  FRUIT JUICE: An expert reports: “Fruit juice isn’t always as fresh and natural as it may seem. It may even contain more sugar and calories that a sugary soft drink.” According to Authority Nutrition, “fruit juice contains some nutrients, but less compared to many plant foods. It contains no fibre and is just as high in sugar and calories as most sugar-sweetened beverages.”


11.  GRANOLA: “Granola and granola bars may be one of the least healthy snacks – most are loaded with sugar and have very little fibre. One cup of granola can equal about 600 calories, about 25 grams of sugar and almost 30 grams of fat. If you really want to purchase granola, make sure you read the labels and choose the option low in calories and fat.”


12.  FROZEN DINNERS: “most often these pre-portioned frozen dinners are loaded with preservatives and sodium and are lacking enough vegetables to have nutritional value,” says Roots. She suggests creating your own “frozen dinner,” by making a large portion of something like chicken stir-fry and keeping in in a tupperware container in the freezer for the week.


13. Image result for tumblr dreid fruit DRIED FRUIT: So, it’s a common fact: fruit is great for a diet snack”. This is because, of course “it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals that are good for your health”. A sitte claims: “Dried fruit tends to be high in calories and natural sugar. Also, considering dried fruit is energy-dense, it’s much easier to eat large amounts of it at a time, which in turn can result in excess sugar and calorie intake”- according to Authority Nutrition.


14.  RICE CAKES: Perhaps a bit of a shocker to some this one- “Rice cakes rank high on the glycaemic index, making it the kind of carbohydrate that will leave you hungry again in a couple hours, while also sending your blood sugar soaring”.


15.  VEGGIE BURGERS: The truth is revealed…”these burgers aren’t made with just vegetables; they are based on processed soy. They also tend to have an excess amount of sodium, and when you add toppings to it, your calorie consumption will go sky high.”


 

 

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‘Eat your way to smoother skin’

The long and short of it is, as obvious as it may sound, it is not necessary to pay astonishing amounts of money for some devil-looking cleansing serum when it is perfectly possible to obtain clear skin without the chemicals.

These foods are ‘anti-cellulite’- yes, I too what a little like ‘what the hell is this cellulite beast I have been eating my whole life, it sounds like some type of disease’. But no, this is cellulite:

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…And here are the top twenty foods to fight cellulite:


Tomatoes- great for fighting cellulite, also for containing lycopene, and vitamin C which promote collagen production…this in turn increaes skin elasticity. 
Pineapple- known for being an extraordinary aphrodisiac…(in case you don’t know what aphrodisiacs are…well…have fun googling that!). On a lighter and less odd note, pineapple is a rated anti-inflammatory. Again it prevents water retention
Watermelon- contains up to the equivalent of one glass of water per slice. Also a good source of potassium and fibre, of course. It is high in antioxidants that stimulate blood flow and fight against water retention…

 

 

Pears- provide potassium, and activate slow metabolism, and furthermore reduce the effects of toxins in the body.
Citrus- marvellous for vitamin C, certain for B, which help increase blood flow and reduce toxin deposits
Berries- for vitamin C to eliminate toxins and their deposits within cells
Bananas- great for stimulating blood vessels. Good source of potassium, vitamin B6, and magnesium. In addition, bananas prevent water retention and stress- great for combating cellulite. I REPEAT- BANANAS PREVENT STRESS?! Apparently.
Avocados- high in calories, yes. But they also are chocka-blocka f essential fatty acids that are tremendously good for skin. Just to top it off, they also improve blood flow and fight cellulite.

 

Nuts- packed with protein, fibre, healthy fat, vitamin E…all things marvellous at fighting cellulite. Eat too many, and the fat shall roll on, ‘all in moderation’, as they say. A handful a day keeps the cellulite away
Grains- pasta, black rice, cereals, and other grains are a great source of low-calorie energy. They are too packed with antioxidants that contribute to eliminating cellulite-forming toxins
Broccoli- as well as being an exceptional source of vitamins and minerals (blah blah, I know), this super-food is high in alpha-lipoic acid. This acid helps thicken collagen and thereby avoid cellulite.
Green Tea- Increases metabolic rate, which in turn reduces the absorption of unwanted fat. It also has diuretic and slimming properties- these fight water retention, and of course, cellulite.
Water- it helps eliminate a variety of toxins, which is handy since cellulite is absorbed by toxins. This means, reluctantly, the higher the volume of water drunk, the more toxins eliminated. So be sure to drink your 2.5 litres a day.

HACK FOR BREAKOUTS: USE TOOTHPASTE

Here is an insanely simple and cheap way to deal with breakouts...which also happens to be highly effective…and slightly odd, but hey, if you have spots, and toothpaste…combine the two to eliminate one. Why not.


A quote from a webpage noted: “Apply a small amount and leave overnight. In the morning, you should see a major improvement. The toothpaste dries up the acne and leaves you with smoother skin.”- clearly this is too for acne scars, but will work just as well for spots.

Here is a little illustration for your own amusement and reminder:

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“DABBING THE AREA WITH TOOTHPASTE IS SAID TO BRING DOWN THE SWELLING. THIS MAY BE DUE TO THE INGREDIENTS IN THE TOOTH PASTE- LIKE BAKING SODA, HYDROGEN PEROXIDE, AND MENTHOL- THAT CAUSE PIMPLES TO DRY OUT.”

 

FUN FACT: did you also now that you can use toothpaste to clean jewellery, car headlamps, nails, (potentially) conceal phone scratches and to remove stains in clothes? Thought I’d just throw that in there! (You’re welcome, non-existent friend;) ).


 

I hope this minuscule blog is of some use…to someone…somewhere…somehow…*sobs in realisation of solitary nature of the world*.

So yeah…BYE!

 

 

MAYBELLINE NEW YORK MASTER GRAPHIC LIQUID EYELINER: REVIEW| YAY OR NAY?

So this is undeniably an eyeliner, so I can start of by saying it lines the eyes…sometimes. Its temperamental nature leaves a nice ‘bold’ INVISIBLE  line above the lashes, completely contradicting the whole nature of the product. The packaging states:

“Liquid marker eyeliner for a bold graphic look.”

Without the ‘bold graphicness‘, the eyeliner is shaping up to be the equivalent of that sold in Poundland (*POUNDLAND PROMO: EYELINERS, MASCARAS, LIPSTICKS FOR ONLY £1, ROLL UP ROLL UP*).

However, on the rare occasions that it actually decides to do its job, the result can be somewhat satisfactory. As promised, the liner ACTUALLY LINES THE DAMN EYES, providing a bold, striking black line. The sloping head shape also aids application, and allows multiple styles to be easily drawn onto the eyelid. It looks a little something (exactly) like this:

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So once you’ve actually got some colour out of the thing, you prey it will last until you are 71 to recoup the stress of the whole damn painful process. Well good news, although it pains me to say, the line is incredibly long lasting…providing you don’t wash for the next 7 decades. Waterproof is not a nature withheld by the product, and so any moisture may provide you with a larger line than desired, and covering a lot more of your face then anticipated…

Other pros of using this product run along the lines of: its bold black colour (when it is so kind to show its face…or however you mould the expression to fit a non living object- oh lord), its flat base, its resistance to clump, and last but most certainly not least it was made in Italy. I always get excited by the thought of a guy with a 10 foot moustache ringing cowbells making eyeliner pens- normal right?

….And the final look is one of about 10,028,264,739,102,837 ways to wear this type of eyeliner, but preferably don’t follow this striking but quite frankly overpowering example:

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(I think the emphasis is on the precision of the line, not the fact she now has a 50/50 white:black ratio eyelid…)


Thank you for reading, passing by, or for just about anything I could find to thank you for!

Sx

LETS BE FRIENDS (INTERNET LIKE) | TEAM UP

So, upon starting this magnificent specimen of a blog account (*cue huffs of sarcasm*) from the convenient location of my bedroom, I over-enthusiasticly expected 50,000 views a day and a minimum or 5,000 likes on each blog…okay slight exaggeration but guess what? IT DIDN’T HAPPEN! Funny that…

I am now (4 weeks) older and (4 weeks) wiser, and able to understand the slow pace at which life and progress happens in this world, and realise I must seek alternate approaches. Approach 1: spend 24 hours a day begging for follows (sorry if you are one of many victims I have once targeted), or more preferably, approach 2: team up with another account at a similar stage.

When I say “team up” I do not meant merging accounts because (a) that is technologically impossible and (b) I am too selfish to go half. I simply mean we support each other along our journeys to world wide international internet fame. Well almost. My idea of this would entail becoming internet acquaintances (friendship comes next, obviously), bouncing ideas of one another and growing our account together. Perhaps this would mean liking/commenting on each others blogs (to make us seem vaguely popular), and giving suggestions as to our next blog topic.

If anyone is interested, please leave a comment below or if you are the shy type, email sjasmine02@hotmail.com or contact one of the social media links situated somewhere near the location of this blog- I have no idea where hence the next to non-existent explanation.


The lack of comments is clearly due to my deletion of all previous contact, obviously (*cries to self*).

If you have, haven’t or even never will read this blog, I thank you anyway.

Sx